UN Women

Consultant (Curriculum Development for The Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Programme Services Team)

UN Women

Job Description

BACKGROUND The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, Humanitarian Action and peace and security.  UN Women provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) persists in every country in the world as a pervasive violation of human rights and a major impediment to achieving gender equality. Global estimates show that over 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime[1]. The Pacific region has some of the highest rates of violence against women recorded in the world – twice the global average with an estimated two in every three Pacific women impacted by gender-based violence.  Along with high rates of violence, women and girls in the Pacific region experience constant and continual inequalities including low levels of participation in decision making, limited economic opportunities, restricted access to health services and rights. Much work has been done to understand the nature, extent and consequences of VAWG in the region, as evidenced by the Family Health and Safety Studies (FHSS) conducted by UNFPA and the Pacific Community across 11 Pacific countries[2]. The FHSS shows high rates of violence against women: e.g.  68% of women in Kiribati, and 64% of women in Fiji and Solomon Islands experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner over their lifetime. In Solomon Islands, 37% of women report that they had been sexually abused before age 15. The most common perpetrators identified were: boyfriend (36%), stranger (24%), family member (20%) and male friend of family (16%). Many incidents of sexual violence involve young girls and children living with extended families (e.g. children from outer islands sent to live in urban centres to complete secondary education), who are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse. Women in the Pacific region experience constant and continual inequalities, including low levels of participation in decision making, limited economic opportunities, restricted access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and high rates of physical and sexual violence. Persistent challenges to women’s equality include power imbalances, negative social norms and behaviors and patriarchy being reinforced through culture, religion, practice, policies and archaic laws. VAWG is a central barrier to gender equality and a cause of widespread violation of human rights across the Pacific. Preventing VAWG and promoting gender equality requires policy and programming approaches that prioritise transforming gender relations, empower women and girls, and address attitudes and behaviours that undermine gender equality. The three outcome areas in this programme comprise three approaches that are foundational, inter-related, and structured to progress social change complementarily. In the Pacific, UN Women has embarked on a new innovative Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls Programme (Pacific Partnership) that brings together governments, Civil Society Organizations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls and increase access to quality response services for survivors. The Pacific Partnership aims to transform the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to continue; to ensure survivors have access to quality response services; and to support national and regional institutions to meet their commitments to gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls. The programme’s three outcome areas are:
  1. Enhanced formal and informal education on gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls

  2. A transformative approach is implemented to promote gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls at community level

  3. And National State Actors have the capacity to advocate, monitor and report on performance of national and regional institutions and authorities and their commitments on gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls and are jointly implemented through a partnership between the Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (Forum Secretariat) and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO).

Under the Programme UN Women supports governments and civil society organisations to ensure women and girls who experience violence have access to quality services to recover.  GBV counselling is an essential service for survivors of GBV and a central pillar in the services component of UNWs programme. It addresses 3 key issues with GBV counselling services in the region:
  • Limited access to GBV counselling services including a limited number of GBV counselling trainers nationally and regionally, insufficient training and Capacity Development for many GBV counsellors and limited or no regulations in place to ensure access and quality

  • Varying levels  of GBV counselling services including inconsistent quality of services, with different ethics, practice standards and approaches to counselling survivors of gender based violence across providers (formal and informal), counselling practices by many ‘counsellors’ who judge and blame survivors and put them at risk of further violence, inconsistent approaches in GBV counselling training offered by a range of unaccredited training organizations, and critical gaps in the supervision of GBV counsellors in counselling providing organizations, countries and the region.

  • A lack of regulatory frameworks and standardised approaches for the GBV counselling work force including the need for standardized core competencies for strong basic GBV counselling, limited access to accredited short technical specialized and long term GBV counselling training and gaps in specialized counselling knowledge in key areas i.e. Child Abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, trauma, risk assessment and safety planning, coercive control and supervision, as well as perpetrator counselling

UNW has adopted a three (3) pronged approach to address these key issues:
  1. Increase access to GBV counselling services for survivors of violence,

  2. Improve the quality of GBV counselling through the development of ethics, practice standards and competencies for GBV counselling,

  3. Sustain the availability and quality of GBV counselling services.

UN Women is seeking to recruit an international consultant to support the EVAWG team to develop and/or align curriculum and Design training packages.   Objectives of the Assignment: The objectives of the assignment include the following:
  • Support the EVAWG team to develop curriculum and training materials for Basic GBV Counselling;

  •  Support the EVAWG team to develop curriculum and training materials for Training of Trainers to facilitate GBV Counselling Curriculum

  • Support the EVAWG team to Standardize Toolkits for Interagency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Gender Based Violence Response

  • Support the EVAWG team to standardise training toolkits on gender, VAWG, Human rights awareness, and child abuse/child safeguarding

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities: The consultant will work under the supervision of the UN Women Service Delivery Specialist and in close co-collaboration with the EVAWG Training and Coordination Specialist and the Prevention Technical Specialist. The consultant will have the following major tasks to support the EVAWG services team: A.  Basic Gender Based Violence Counselling Training
  • Develop curriculum for Basic GBV Counselling aligned with a standardized competency framework
    • Review existing Basic GBV counselling training materials in the Pacific and globally, the GBV counselling competencies and National Domestic Violence counselling frameworks.

    • Consult with EVAWG team and consultants to agree material content and approve drafts.

    • Draft and contextualize (to Pacific) the curriculum for a two-week participatory Basic GBV Counselling training and a one-week participatory refresher training including individual modules with content themes, detailed content, key lessons, learning exercises, practice and assessment sessions and links to next sessions

    • Finalize the curriculum for the two- week participatory Basic GBV Counselling training and the one-week participatory refresher training including individual modules with content themes, detailed content, key lessons, learning exercises, practice and assessment sessions and links to next sessions


  • Develop training materials for the two-week Basic GBV Counselling and 1-week refresher courses
    • Design a Trainers Guide for Basic GBV Counselling with training objectives, participant competencies for whole training and each unit of competency, materials needed, overall and daily agendas, competency modules with content themes, detailed content, key lessons, learning exercises, timeframe, practice and assessment sessions and links to next sessions.

    • Design a Participant Workbook for Basic GBV Counselling aligned with the training

    • Design Power Point Presentations and visuals for Basic GBV Counselling for each module and unit of competency to assist with comprehension and facilitation

    • Design assessment checklist for the practice sessions in Basic GBV Counselling for each module

    • Participate in relevant meetings organized by the EVAW services team to discuss, review and agree training package content and design


B.  Training of Trainers Training
  • Develop curriculum for a Training of Trainers Course for the Basic GBV Counselling Course with a focus on Facilitation Skills
    • Review existing Training of Trainers materials to strengthen facilitation skills for trainers of GBV Basic Counselling in the Pacific and globally

    • Consult with EVAW Service Delivery staff and consultants to agree material content and approve drafts

    • Draft and contextualize (to Pacific) the curriculum for a one week participatory training of trainers training including individual modules with content themes, detailed content, key lessons, learning exercises, practice and assessment sessions and links to next sessions with a particular focus on adult learning methods, participatory approaches to facilitate adult learning, creative facilitation, use of power points and visuals in participatory training, dealing with resistance, answering tricky questions, storytelling and poetry in participatory training, how to assess capacities, dealing with diversity, facilitating sessions on culture and religion

    • Finalize the curriculum for 1x1 week participatory training of trainers training including individual modules with content themes, detailed content, key lessons, learning exercises, practice and assessment sessions and links to next sessions


  • Design and develop training materials for the Training of Trainers with a focus on facilitation skills including a trainers manual, participant workbook and power point presentations
    • Design a Trainers Guide for the Training of Trainers with training objectives, participant competencies for whole training and each unit of competency, room layout, materials needed, overall and daily agendas, competency modules with content themes, detailed content, key lessons, learning exercises, timeframe, practice and assessment sessions and links to next sessions

    • Design a Participant Workbook for Training of Trainers aligned with the training

    • Design Power Point Presentations and visuals for the Training of Trainers for each module and unit of competency to assist with comprehension and facilitation

    • Design assessment checklist for the practice sessions in Training of Trainers for each module

    • Participate in relevant meetings organized by the EVAW Services team to discuss, review and agree training package content and design


C.    Develop standardized training toolkit on gender, VAWG, Human rights awareness, child abuse & child safeguarding(with an emphasis on sports & school settings)
  • Review training toolkits and modules on gender, VAWG, and human rights awareness, child abuse & child safeguarding

  • Develop standardised modules on gender, VAWG, Human rights awareness.

  • Develop standardised modules on child abuse and child safeguarding (with an emphasis on sports & school settings)

  • b) Integrate the content of various toolkits and modules into one standardized toolkit with sessions that enable country contexts to be reflected

  • Consult with EVAW staff and consultants to agree material content and approve drafts

D. Standardize Toolkits for Interagency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Gender Based Violence Response 
  • Develop standardized training toolkit for Interagency SOPs for GBV response
    • Review SOP toolkits for Interagency response to GBV Cases from Fiji, Kiribati and Solomon Islands

    • Integrate the content of various toolkits into one standardized Interagency SOP toolkit with sessions that enable country contexts to be reflected

    • Consult with EVAWG team and consultants to agree material content and approve drafts


Competencies

Core Values
  • Respect for Diversity;

  • Integrity;

  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;

  • Accountability;

  • Creative Problem Solving;

  • Effective Communication;

  • Inclusive Collaboration;

  • Stakeholder Engagement;

  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies
  • Ability to think conceptually, strategically and analytically;

  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

  • Results oriented, flexible and problem-solving skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Advanced degree in Social Science (International Development Studies, Gender/Women’s Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Adult Education and/or a closely related discipline)

Experience Required:
  • At least ten (10) years of training curricula (and manual) development;

  •  At least ten  (10) years of experience training and facilitation of participatory workshops

  •  At least three (3) years of experience working with the any or all of the following content:
    • Gender based violence and/or Gender equality, women’s rights

    • Training of trainers for the informal workforce


  • Those with counselling experience will be given a strong advantage (additional points will be allocated in the evaluation procedure).

  • Able to work independently to strict timelines.

  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email

Language skills:
  • Fluency in verbal & written English is a must.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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